Urban Planner: February 22, 2011
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Urban Planner: February 22, 2011

Urban Planner is Torontoist’s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to [email protected].

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A still from Ali Samadi Ahadi’s The Green Wave. Image courtesy of Dreamer Joint Venture Films.

Tonight in Toronto: A discussion of books on film, a debate on multiculturalism, a documentary on the Green Revolution, and a few games of bingo for pre-loved prizes.

FILM: Ian McEwan’s Booker-nominated novel Atonement and its Oscar-nominated film adaptation by Joe Wright receive the Book Revue treatment in tonight’s installation of the series on book-to-film adaptations. Critic Geoff Pevere will introduce the film—starring James McAvoy and Keira Knightley—as well as lead the post-film discussion on the adaptation process. Book Club in a Box founder Marilyn Herbert will also be on hand to give away two reading guides for McEwan’s novel. Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Avenue), 6:45 p.m., $10 for members, $12 for non-members.
WORDS: Mosaic or melting pot? The Royal Ontario Museum continues its initiative to spice up history with this month’s installation of its debate series History Wars, which tonight asks the question: has Trudeau’s multiculturalism policy led Canada astray? Historian Jack Granatstein will be speaking for the motion, while columnist Haroon Siddiqui will be against. Historian and author Michael Bliss will moderate. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park), 6:30 p.m., $20 for members, $25 for general public.
FILM: Organized by the Human Rights Watch Canada Committee and hosted this year by the TIFF Bell Lightbox, the Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival collects illuminating films that explore and expose abuses of human rights around the world. The festival kicks off tonight with the Canadian premiere of Ali Samadi Ahadi’s The Green Wave, which explores the prevalence of social media during Iran’s 2009 Green Revolution using animated dramatizations and YouTube footage. Entrance to the pre-film reception at the Lightbox’s Malaparte runs a whopping $100, but tickets to the screening alone are available through tiff.net. Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), 8 p.m., $12.
BINGO: Bored with those regular old swap meets? Feel like they don’t reward your competitive edge? Then you may want to try out Bringo, where you play for the pre-loved prizes donated by other contestants! Hosts Sara Hennessey and Stephanie Kaliner invite you to bring a few garage sale-worthy items, and grab a dabber to win something from the pile. Holy Oak Cafe (1241 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $5 or donation of high-quality junk.

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